Now I fully understand that having one car per family just doesn't work for some people's circumstances, work schedules, distance from work, etc. But here are some things that we have found to make one vehicle per family work for us.
- At least three days a week my husband bikes to school/ work. (Weather permitting.) The college is about 5.5 miles from our house and his old job was almost 7. It's doable.
Well for him it is. If I had to get up before 4 am so I could bike to work before a 12-13 hour shift I would cry, really.
- Previously where we lived this was not feasible, so most days he took the bus to school. Yes, public transportation is not always the most desirable method, and sometimes very inconvenient, but it played a big part in both of us getting through college without debt.
- Every week I plan one day where I do most of my shopping, errands and activities (like take the kids to the library or museums). I try to be organized and make shopping lists so I don't need to make as many trips to the grocery store.
- We make good use of the park that is within walking distance of our home.
- We spend a lot of time at home. My kids love to play in the backyard and I can watch them from my kitchen while I cook, clean or blog. I enjoy being in my house.
- Less money spent on gas, licensing fees, insurance and maintenance
- I feel like I waste less time, I rarely go to the store for one item and subsequently spend less time running errands.
- Fewer trips to the store means less impulse buying.
- Less driving is better for the environment. :)
- If you're using public transportation (especially as a college student), you can use your transportation time as study time, which is harder to do when you're driving.
- Walking and biking, when feasible, provide good exercise.